Greek Coast Guard rescues 170 migrants at Peloponnese

Near the Greek Peloponnese peninsula, nearly 170 boat migrants were rescued trying to cross the Mediterranean. Their boat had been in trouble about 90 kilometers south of Peloponnese due to an engine failure.

The vessel had been drifting for several hours when the passengers were picked up by a passing freighter. Under the guidance of the Coast Guard, the migrants were brought to the southern Greek city of Kalamata.

In recent months, migrants have been picked up on the peninsula. According to the Greek Coast Guard, they are often transported by smugglers with old ships that cannot withstand the sea crossing.

Last week, an NGO brought a case against Greece before the European Court of Human Rights for sending migrants back at sea. A Greek lifeboat and two small patrol boats would have broken the law last October when they stopped a migrant boat that had got into trouble for hours. The sailors would have been mistreated by the Coast Guard later.